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November 22, 2019

King & Spalding Litigator Tanner Neidhardt Trains Peruvian Justice System Operators Trial Skills to Combat Illegal Mining

King & Spalding litigation associate Tanner Neidhardt recently provided trial advocacy training to over 40 judges, attorneys, and police officers at an American Bar Association advanced trial skills seminar in Peru. Seminar attendees are hoping to use these skills to tackle issues such as illegal mining—which has led to deforestation—mercury contamination and human trafficking. The seminar was sponsored by the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). The July seminar marked the third time Neidhardt has participated in this program, and his involvement was facilitated and supported by King & Spalding’s pro bono program. Seminar participants were primarily based in the Madre de Dios region, which is among those most affected by illegal mining in Peru.

“An important challenge for Peru has been to train the justice system operators in the correct application of oral litigation techniques under the trial system,” said Raúl Callirgos, the Peruvian country director at ABA ROLI. “Tanner has provided great collaboration in this effort, bringing expertise, energy, and commitment to our trainings.”

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